Ghalamdar (born 1994, Tehran, Iran) is an artist and illustrator based in UK , working since 2006. He is a former Calligraffiti ambassador and called among the four most recognized Iranian street artists who are making their own mark by Art Radar Journal, and among the 12 artists crucial to the world of Iranian street art by The Huffington Post. He is currently represented by Fondation Behnam Bakhtiar and Emergeast gallery.
Ghalamdar started his creative practice as a graffiti artist. As a youngster he wanted to add color to his gray colored hometown, Tehran, and to break the habit and expectancy of watching the same walls he passes by every day by practicing and experiencing the aesthetics of graffiti. He cooperated with other Iranian graffiti writers such as Elf crew, which was among the first graffiti crews in Middle East, and painted big walls around Tehran.
Soon his practice developed beyond graffiti and extended into other disciplines, ranging from graffiti to design, illustration and painting. One of the most important turning points in his life was when he studied the Iranian modernist artists of Saqqakhaneh movement of 1960s. By studying the established Iranian artists of the pre-revolutionary art scene of Iran he felt there is a massive gap between him and the previous generations of Iranian artists. It was time to unlearn the given and start to self-educate. Since then Ghalamdar’s practice has been concerned about mapping his identity in the contemporary history in order to understand his roots and influences.
Ghalamdar’s recent paintings are spaces where he’s having dialogues with history and making bond between theory and practice. Perhaps dialogues with history to locate himself and to understand the continuity and cohesion among Iranians as a method to cooperate with life and all the surrounding absurdities.
2016-2019 B.A. in Fine art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.
2011- 2015 Withdrew from B.A. in Printing, Art University, Tehran, Iran.
Emergeast 4th Edition Auction, Le Cirque (The Ritz-Carlton), Dubai, UAE
Magic in Monaco, Kamil Gallery, Monaco, France
Magic in Monaco Auction, Principality of Monaco, Monaco, France (Organized by Magic Of Persia foundation and conducted by Christie’s)
The ocean can be yours, Gerald Moore gallery, London, England (Curated by Janet Rady)
Art, social space and public discourse in Iran, Coulter art gallery, Stanford, USA
Contemporary Iranian Art exhibition and auction, Sotheby’s Los Angeles, Los Angeles, U.S.A. (Organized by Magic Of Persia foundation in collaboration with Sotheby’s)
The Mine Pop-up show XIV, The Mine Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Art in secret, Alserkal venue, Dubai, UAE
Iranian embassy in Israel, Julie K palace, Jerusalem, Israel (Curated by Hamabul collective)
Inside-out Iran, Rich Mix gallery, London, England (Curated by Arts Canteen, Shaghayegh Cyrous and Roya Arab)
Calligraffiti Ambassadors, Affenfaust gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Iranian Urban Art, Graffik gallery, London, England (Curated by Shaghayegh Cyrous and Roya Arab)
few scenes from paradise, Atbin gallery, Tehran, Iran (Curated by Shakiba Parvaresh)
2016 Art, social space and public discourse in Iran, Stanford university, Stanford, USA (Sep 22-Nov 17)
2016 “Artist talk”, Getting Up: The Politics Of Public Space, Jeff Chang, Art, social space and public discourse, Stanford, USA, November 3, 2016.
Nicholas Ganz,” Street messages”, Dokument Press, Sweden, April 15, 2015. 50.
Selected Professional Experiences:
2017 Illustrated for "Ta Tash" music album by Saint Abdullah, released by Boomarm Nation.
Illustrated for "Stars Have Eyes" music cassette by Saint Abdullah, released by Purple Tape Pedigree.
2016 Illustrated the cover of “Fereydun hatte drei söhne” by Abbas Maroufi, published by Gardoon verlag, Berlin.
Fonation Behnam Bakhtiar private collection, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France.
The Jack London Improvement District public Collection, Oakland, USA.